Budget Deficits and Budget Institutions

Author/Editor:

Alberto Alesina ; Roberto Perotti

Publication Date:

May 1, 1996

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Summary:

By discussing the available theoretical and empirical literature, this paper argues that budget procedures and budget institutions do influence budget outcomes. Budget institutions include both procedural rules and balanced budget laws. We critically assess theoretical contributions in this area and suggest several open and unresolved issue. We also examine the empirical evidence drawn from studies on samples of OECD countries, Latin American countries and the United States. We conclude with a discussion of the normative implications of this literature and with some concrete proposals.

Series:

Working Paper No. 96/52

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 1996

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451847208/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0521996

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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